Three members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly have been sued by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for defecting to the PDP, which is currently in power in the state.
The APC sued three members who defected at various points between 2021 and 2022: Umar Musa Bororo, Shuaibu Babas, and Shuaibu Dan Musa of the Mubi South, Fufore Gurin, and Mubi North constituencies, respectively.
The Assembly Speaker, Aminu Iya Abbas, the House of Assembly itself, the state’s Accountant General, and INEC are added as the first through fifth defendants alongside the impacted members.
The APC filed the lawsuits before the Federal High Court II in Yola, requesting the court to decide whether or not the Assembly must declare the seats of the three void because they left the party for which they were elected in accordance with the law.
The party stated that the legislators who ran for office and were elected on behalf of the APC should continue to serve in the assembly as APC members until June 12, 2023.
The APC contends that given that there was no internal party crisis at the time the indicated members defected, this should be the case even more so.
The party urged the court to order the three parliamentarians to repay the wages they have been earning since defecting from the APC, saying that they should have lost their status as lawmakers after leaving the APC.
Justice S. I. Kogo, the Chief Justice of the Federal High Court II in Yola, set January 31 as the date for mention.